What's New? - July 2017

Our understanding of patients with sepsis ahs changed: we are now aware of how common it is and that it can arise from common infections such as pneumonia, UTIs, cellulitis and abdominal conditions amongst other sources. Crucially we also know that early identification, prioritisation and treatment really can improve patient outcomes, although we also know how difficult it can be to recongise and prioritise patients, particularly in the community, where we can only rely on clinical acumen.

In Gloucestershire, we have a number of tools to support front line clinicial decision making. Key to this in the National Early Warning Scores (NEWS) which is being adopted across our system as an adjunct to clinical decision making, helpling to prioritise the urgency to a patient's care.